Doctoral Studies (12 ECTS)

The Basics

The Allgemeine Doktorat (doctoral studies) is a PhD course of studies available both in English Literature and Linguistics.

The first step is to contact a potential supervisor (i.e. a Professor in either Literature or Linguistics) at the institute in one's field of study and present one's thesis idea. Students can submit an application for doctoral studies as soon as they have found an advisor. More information about the university's application procedure can be found at:

(Among other things, this page contains information as to how the application process for candidates holding a degree from the University of Zurich differs from the process for candidates with a degree from another university. Important information is also contained in the application form that you can download from this webpage.)

To complete the Allgemeine Doktorat, PhD candidates are required to write a doctoral thesis and to gain 12 ECTS (i.e. credit points) by attending courses, workshops, conferences, etc. (For details, please consult the guidelines available for download below.)


General guidelines and requirements for the Doktoratsstufe (doctoral studies) in English can be found in the following document:

Doctoral Studies Guidelines and Accreditation Form